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MOSCOW, January 22 (RAPSI) – Prosecutors have demanded to find eight remaining defendants in the 2012 Bolotnaya riots case guilty of participating in riots and assaulting the police, RAPSI reported Wednesday from the Zamoskvoretsky District Court.
During the closing statements, the prosecution demanded six years in prison for Aleksandra Dukhanina and Sergei Krivov. Minimal five-year sentence was requested for Yaroslav Belousov. For the rest of the participants: Andrei Barabanov, Stepan Zimin, Aleksei Polikhovich, Artyom Savyolov and Denis Lutskevich, the prosecution requested a sentence of five years and six months in prison.
According to the prosecutors, photo and video evidence and documentary confirmation from the security officials and Moscow Mayor's Office have proved the fact of the riots in Bolotnaya Square.
Twelve suspects were on the indictment, four were pardoned under the recent presidential amnesty during the trial. The remaining defendants are Alexandra Naumova, Stepan Zimin, Artem Savyolov, Yaroslav Belousov, Sergei Krivov, Alexei Polikhovich, Denis Lutskevich and Andrei Barabanov. If found guilty, they face up to 5 years in prison for violence against police and up to 8 years for participating in riots.
Over 400 people were arrested and scores injured in the Bolotnaya Square protest that turned violent on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration to a third presidential term in May 2012. Dozens were later charged with inciting mass riots and using violence against law enforcement officers.